Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Moshulu"

Photos of the sailing ship:

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Moshulu, Werner Jurkowski, Philadelphia , 07/2000

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Werner Jurkowski,

Moshulu, Roland Richter, Philadelphia , 04/2007

Source, location, date:
Roland Richter,

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Ex-names:Kurt, Dreadnought, Oplag
Registered port:Philadelphia
Type of rigging:4-MAST-BARK
Year built:1904
Yard:W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd. Port Glasgow
Overall length:119.80 m
Length (hull):111.00 m
Breadth:14.30 m
Draught:8.60 m
Sail area:4180 m2
Ship's hull:Stahl / Steel

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 26 Dec 2000

  • built 1904 for the shipping company Siemers & Co. from Hamburg/GER, first name was "Kurt" after the director of the company Dr. Kurt Siemers, used to transport salpetre from South America around Cape Horn to Europe
  • confiscated in the USA in World War I 1917, renamed to "Dreadnought", sailed with several owners in the Pacific and towards Australia's west coast, renamed to "Moshulu" in September 1917
  • 1922 purchased by the shipping company Charles Nelson Co. from San Fransisco, used to transport wood to Australia and Africa until 1927/28
  • after that she has been unemployed for 7 years, laid up in Seattle and later in Winslow, Washington
  • 1935 purchased by the Finnish shipowner G. Erikson, she sailed via Australia to Europe, until 1940 used to transport Australian grain under Finnish flag
  • in World War II 1942 confiscated by German troops, removal of her rigging and used as a depot ship in Horten (Oslo-Fjord)
  • in September 1947 she stranded, turned over, lifted and sold to Narvik, plans to convert her to a motor ship had to give up caused by the lack of money
  • 1948 sold to Swedish owners, used as a grain depot for 4 years under the name "Oplag"
  • 1952 sold to the German shipowner H. Schliewen, who wanted to rigg her again and use as a sail training ship together with the "Pamir" and "Passat", caused by the high costs he has to give up his plans
  • 1961 purchased by the Finnish government, used as a grain depot in Naantali
  • 1968 converted to a restaurant ship and re-rigged as a 4-masted bark, 1972 towed to New York, has been in Philadelphia since 1974
  • a maritime museum on board could be visited by tourists
  • 1989 a fire on board caused damages, repaired in Camden, New Jersey
  • since 1994 new owners, has been in Philadelphia since 1996 used as a restaurant

Literature for further reading:

We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 1997 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(9. aktualisierte Auflage)
Page: 348 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

Beken of Cowes, Eric C. Abranson
"Segelschiffe der Welt"
Edition Maritim 1995 ISBN: 3-89225-314-5
(engl. Originalausgabe: "Sailing Ships of the World", 1992, Thomas Reed Publications Ltd.)
Page: 142 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

"Faszination Segelschiffe"
Ein interaktives Informationssystem auf CD-ROM 1998
(2. überarbeitete Auflage)
Source with history Source with technical data Quelle with contact

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 2002 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(10. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage)
Page: 396 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data